Archives For October 2017

Please take a look at the latest MORE Newsletter – with reportbacks from your High School reps at the UFT Executive Board, advice for new teachers in your schools, and a letter about teacher diversity…

Download, copy and distribute to your schools! If you need copies – please email us at – we have lots!

We are also looking for people to help coordinate distribution in your district – please email if you can help.

Are you a chapter leader? Take a stack to get to other CL’s in your district.




The Movement of Rank and File Educators is proud to welcome fellow educators from Oaxaca, Mexico to New York City.

The Oaxacan teachers union has been at the center of a broad-based movement for educational and social justice in Mexico.  Last year Oaxaca was the center of violent clashes and police repression as teachers mobilized to resist neoliberal education reforms.  They have long been campaigning against privatization, police repression, corruption among the union leadership.  The organization now finds itself at the forefront of mobilizations for earthquake relief.

We will hear a presentation about the struggles of Oaxaca’s teachers, the situation after the recent earthquakes, and the movement for educational justice in Mexico.  We will be raising funds for local earthquake relief.

This is a public event, all are welcome.
Monday, October 23rd 5:30-7:30
CUNY Graduate Center
Room 5414
New York 10016
ID Needed to Enter

Our Guests:

Rene Gonzalez Pizarro is a member of the Oaxaca teachers union and former delegate to the general assembly. He is a researcher at Oaxaca’s center for indigenous languages (CEDELIO) and a co-founder of the artist collective Colectivo Zape. He writes about the struggle for education in Mexico and his street art is featured in several books about the Oaxaca uprising in 2006.

Afsaneh Moradian is a former UFT member, educator, writer, and is finishing her Phd in Education. Her dissertation is on the Oaxaca teachers union’s opposition to neoliberal education reform.

"MOREUFT Oaxaca Teachers"Oaxaca Teacher Flyer Final Draft

Check out our speakers and workshops for the October 13th and 14th – please register here to attend – Print and distribute the flyer to your colleagues and share this link widely.

​FRIDAY,   7pm-10pm – Oct.13th  Project REACH Youth – 39 Eldridge Street, 4th Fl, NYC

Hear from labor activist speakers and enjoy socializing, refreshments

  • Khalid Al Alim – Community organizer with UTLA* on the “Schools Los Angeles Students Deserve”
  • Troy Walcott – IBEW Local 3* Shop steward – On strike at Spectrum (Time Warner) since March
  • Marcus McArthur – Teacher at City-As-School, UFT Executive Board, High School Representative
SATURDAY, Oct.14th 9am-5pm P.S. 58 The Carroll School – 330 Smith St, Bklyn
Plenary Speakers:
  • Bob Peterson – Retired 5th grade teacher, past president, Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association*, editor, Rethinking Schools*,
  • Catlin Preston – Teacher, former Delegate, Central Park East I school, rubber room inmate for 11 months now fully exonerated of all charges, 
  • Kaliris Salas-Ramirez – Parent leader of successful movement to remove abusive Principal Monica Garg from Central Park East I
*organizations for identification purposes only
Breakfast and Lunch Available. Childcare available – RSVP to by 10/7

Participate in workshops & discussions on how to challenge the inaction of the UFT leadership while we develop a union that will fight for teacher rights and for the schools our students deserve.

Workshops Include

Secrets of a Successful Organizer: Organize your School and Strategies for Chapter & Delegate elections – Jia Lee, Chapter Leader at the Earth School
Teacher Diversity in New York City – Sean Ahern, Delegate at East Island Academy
Defending Immigrant Students – Will Russell, Teacher at Liberty High School For Newcomers, TeachDream
Fighting for the rights of ATR members – August Leppelmeier, ATR member

Social Justice Curriculum in your classroom – Adam Sanchez, Harvest Collegiate HS


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